Archive for April 15, 2014

Artist of the moment………Jean Francois- Suys

Jean Francois Suys is a fantastic artist born in Brussels, Belgium in the year 1956.

Suys was influenced by Kandinsky and his ideas on colour principles that each colour has its own energy, vibration, and character.

Many works contain acrylic paint, lacquer, and gold leaf.

price range information: Most works range from $5,000 to $10,000.

The artist is trying to start a movement of Empathism. Suys is tired of seeing art that tries to shock us and tries to have the viewer step back and take in his artwork as part of a positive force.

Jean Francois Suys is now based out of Switzerland.

The artist is a master at using color in his work. The gold leaf and the use of lacquer are great editions to his work.

 

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Artist of the moment……Kim Abeles

As we approach Earth Day lets take a look at an artist who uses smog as part of her medium of choice, artist Kim Abeles. Kim Abeles was born in Richmond Heights, Missouri in the year 1952.Abeles uses multiple mediums in developing her work.

Her work concerns the social aspects of our daily lives including feminism and HIV/ AIDS.

Abeles grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Abeles made the move to Los Angeles, California in 1978. After seeing the amount of smog and dirty air in her new environment the artist was sparked to create art and show the world how poor the air quality is. I wonder what kind of masterpiece Abeles might produce in Beijing, China.

Abeles is in many ways similar to the many street artists covered here who work with stencils. After the stencil is developed the artist just leaves the canvas outside long enough to collect enough dirty atmosphere to create her work of art.

I love the idea of her work because its an exact time capsule of her environment. I am sure people think twice about the air they breathe after seeing the work of Kim Abeles.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

 

In this clip a great selection of works by Kim Abeles herself:

In this clip a variety of mediums are used to expose the thoughts of people towards the Native American Indian:

Artist of the moment……Kevin Appel

 

 

Kevin Appel is an artist who has worked in many styles over his career. Kevin Appel was born in Los Angeles, California in the year 1967. For his artistic education Appel attended Parsons located in New York City earning a B.F.A. Appel went on to earn a M.F.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Appel has been a teacher and the Chair of graduate studies at the University of California at Irvine.

Appel now works in a very abstract work but its his interior works of the 1990s that I enjoy the most. When I see his interior works I am reminded of the modern Farnsworth House located in Illinois. Very modern line work, just as in in Appel’s works of the 90s. His works of this period have a great architectural base. Appel’s work now seems to have an interior design feel and is far more abstract than his earlier works. Here is an image of the Farnsworth House:

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Appel is based out of Los Angeles, California.

Kevin Appel is part of the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

Price range information: Works range from $8,000 to $50,000.

In  this clip we visit a show from 2009:

In this clip we view a show from 2014: